The Puerto Rico Museum of Art announced Tuesday the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,800 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2013.
“For the third year in a row, [Puerto Rico Museum of Art] is part of Blue Star Museums, to provide the military community an opportunity for recreation and quality family time through the arts,” said Lourdes Ramos executive director of the museum known as MAPR for its initials in Spanish.
“This year the offer for Blue Star Families, as well as for the general public, includes ‘Vial: International Contest for Digital Creation and Interpretation’, an interactive exhibition in which the public, through their votes, become the curators. We invite you to visit MAPR and enjoy this and all our exhibitions,” she said.
This year, more than 1,800 museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative, including more than 450 new museums this year.
“Blue Star Museums is a collaboration between the arts and military communities,” said NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa. “Our work with Blue Star Families and with more than 1,800 museums ensures that we can reach out to military families and thank them for their service and sacrifice.”
“Blue Star Museums is something that service members and their families look forward to every year and we are thrilled with the continued growth of the program,” said Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet. “Through this distinctive collaboration between Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts and more than 1,800 museums across the United States, service members and their families can connect with our national treasures with this unparalleled opportunity to visit some of the country’s finest museums for free.”
Museums are welcome to join Blue Star Museums throughout the summer.